Temecula Valley played in Northern Californian this past weekend where they competed in the Tri-City soccer tournament, going 1-1-1 on the road. Valley News/Time Stood Still Photography

— The final 2022 CIF Southern Section polls for soccer were released Tuesday, Dec. 13, and here is a look at the local area teams that have cracked the rankings. Our weekly issue goes to print each week prior to the release of the most updated Southern Section polls, which reflect old polls and are handled by the CIF-SS Advisory Committees that oversee each individual sport. The CIF-Southern Section office will be closed for Winter Break starting Monday, Dec. 19, and polls will resume, along with their regular hours again Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2023.

The Temecula Valley girls continue to be a dominant force in Division 1, despite falling to Santiago (6-0) by a score of 3-1 this past Thursday, Dec. 15. The match was a showdown between two of three top-ranked teams in the Division 1 polls (Oaks Christian is No. 1). It also was the first time the two teams played since last season’s Division 1 championship match, which Temecula Valley won 2-0.

Temecula Valley’s Annika Jost (9) heads the ball as teammate Zoe Willis and others look on in last week’s game against No. 2 ranked Santiago. Valley News/Jerry Soifer photo

The Golden Bears got hung up defending the ball more than they could gather themselves on offense against the Sharks, who outshot Temecula Valley 12-3 in the second half alone. Santiago had five consecutive shutout games to open the season, and, according to local media updates, almost became the first team to shut out Temecula Valley (9-3-2) in their last 47 matches.

With a testament to their grit, the Golden Bears capitalized off a penalty kick from Annika Jost in the fifth minute of stoppage time to save them from getting that dreaded goose egg. Santiago goalkeeper Taylor Clark recorded five saves, while Temecula Valley’s Elizabeth Ludwig finished with seven. After the loss, Temecula Valley packed up their vans and hit the road this past weekend for Northern Californian where they competed in the Tri-City soccer tournament, going 1-1-1 on the road.

The Great Oak boys’ soccer team had the highest ranking of the local teams, coming in at No. 4 in the Division 4 polls. The Wolfpack have a 3-2-1 record on the season with wins over Moreno Valley, Tahquitz (No. 6, Div. 7) and Bloomington, as well as a draw with Palm Desert (No. 3, Div. 5).

The Great Oak boys’ soccer team was ranked at No. 4 in the Division 4 CIF Southern Section coach polls, released Tuesday, Dec. 13. Valley News/Rob Davis Photography


(Selected by the CIF-SS Girls Soccer Committee)


No. 3 – Temecula Valley


No. 1 – Hemet

No. 8 – Liberty

No. 10 – Heritage


No. 9 – San Jacinto


(Selected by the CIF-SS Boys Soccer Committee)


No. 16 – Citrus Hill


No. 4 – Great Oak


No. 5 – San Jacinto

No. 7 – Temescal Canyon


No. 6 – Tahquitz

JP Raineri can be reached by email at sports@reedermedia.com.